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Summary

  1. Guzan mistake lets in Aguero for opener
  2. Kolarov nets free-kick, Cleverley replies from 20 yards
  3. Sanchez equalises with hooked volley
  4. Fernandinho restores City's lead

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that is us for now.

    All today's reports - including Watford's rise to the Premier League - are on the BBC Football pages for you.

    You are bound to have missed something. Get stuck in.

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    Christian Benteke

    Even when he doesn't score, Christian Benteke unsettles an opposition defence to create chance for others.

    The Belgian had 15 aerial duels - City's Martin Demichelis with 10 was the only other player on either side who got even close - and won 73% of them.

    Three shots, one on target and tireless work-rate.

    There are not many, or any perhaps, better lone frontmen in the Premier League.

  3. Player reaction

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    Tom Cleverley

    Aston Villa Tom Cleverley: "I'm devastated. I thought the way we played deserved something today. I thought for much of the game we were the better side, but we were just a bit sloppy at times. We can take confidence from it and hopefully we can do the job next week.

    "We can't let our heads drop. If we keep performing like we have against Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham in the last three games, we'll be alright."

  4. Manager reaction

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    Man City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "Today we didn't play as well, but we had the spirit and fight to win in the last five minutes despite their late equaliser.

    "The results are always more important than the performances, but I think that we normally play well, today we showed the spirit and the belief that perhaps we have not had in other games when we have had more possession.

    "I was not satisfied with the way we played today, but sometimes you need different things to win games.

    On the late offside decision against Christian Benteke: "I think that we had two offside ourselves that were wrong. "

  5. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    And here is the man himself. Manuel Pellegrini, silver mane looking very bouffant, is out to face the media.

  6. Vote

    Earlier, we asked you if Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini would still be in charge at the Etihad Stadium next season. The results are in... and 70% of you said no. Yes? Just 30% of you. Thanks for voting.

  7. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nick Harris: Nath B, had Guzan not made that howler we should have won that game. Never deserved to lose. Given to come in next game

    Luke: City are a poor team, poor support and a deluded board. Why increase capacity when even cheap tickets cant fill a the stadium

    Doron Klemer: Someone please remind linesmen that 'benefit of the doubt' goes to the attacker? Onside decisions should never be given offside

  8. Manager reaction

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's Tim Sherwood speaking to BBC Sport: "I thought we controlled the game and there were lots of positives, but no points to take from it.

    "I could see from where I was that Christian Benteke was onside and I think it was a penalty and a red card for Joe Hart.

    "After a poor start, the team continued to believe we could play through midfield. I was satisfied with the performance but I can't be satisfied with the decisions that cost us points here.

    "I thought that we outplayed them. You think we can get relegated playing like that? You are having a laugh aren't you?"

  9. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    Here comes Tim Sherwood, standing to attention for the television cameras...

  10. Text us on 81111

    Jamie an Arsenal fan in Lincoln: Don't worry villa the road is good for you guys ahead. Your team is rebirthed and played man city off the pitch

    James, a Chelsea fan: Nice to see Watford back in the big time, they were a match for us in the FA Cup this season and their fans were class as well.

    James: I agree with James W. The last 2 seasons Liverpool have been worlds apart from the football we were playing under Dalglish and Hodgson. As a season ticket holder I've seen the transformation. A really decent striker required and must stick with Rogers.

  11. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    You're right Sean. The whole game hinged on that late call from Mike Dean and his assistant.

    It looked on the replay that Christian Benteke was in line as he was played in on goal late on with the scores level.

    The flag went up for offside as Joe Hart came out and appeared to foul Benteke.

    A minute later the ball was in the net at the other end from Fernandinho.

    That was a teeth-kicking 60 seconds for Villa.

  12. 'We needed that'

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart: "We needed that. It means the world to us to win games. We'd like to be in the hunt for the title, that's not the case but we need to cement a place in the Champions League.

    Joe Hart

    "Sometimes you come and you don't get there. That's the life of the goalkeeper. We want to finish as high as we can. Second place is in our grasp."

  13. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nath B: No hard feelings for Brad. Villa can be proud of that - they could even have won it. A draw would have been a fair reflection.

    Sean: Villa should of been 3-2 up before Man City even had that corner. Shock, Top 4 side benefits from an appalling decision again.

  14. FULL-TIME

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

  15. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    Joe Hart comes a long, long way and just about makes a decent punch to clear from a late Villa free-kick. All hands to the pump for City in defence.

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    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

    This game was meandering up a cul-de-sac on the hour. The last 30 minutes have been helter-skelter entertainment.

    Four minutes of injury time.

  17. GOAL

    Man City 3-2 Aston Villa - Fernandinho

    Fernandinho

    Christian Benteke was wrongly called offside when clean through at one end and just moments later, City break forward to snatch the lead.

    A penalty box chaos and it is Fernandinho who reacts best in the game of pinball, sweeping home a volley.

    Surely game over?

  18. PENALTY APPEAL

    Man City 2-2 Aston Villa

    Jesus Navas has a rasper blocked at close range. Up shoot City hands claiming a penalty for a handball from Fabian Delph. No dice.

  19. GOAL

    Man City 2-2 Aston Villa - Carlos Sanchez

    Carlos Sanchez

    Well, well, well.

    Aston Villa have kept plugging away and they have their leveller. Joe Hart's weak punch is returned with interest as Carlos Sanchez volleys first time into an unguarded net.

  20. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's fans are singing louder, but as it stands this weekend is going to see them sucked back towards the relegation sinkhole.

    Just two points between them and the drop.

  21. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa

    Wilfried Bony is going to stretch his legs in the final 10 minutes of so. Sergio Aguero heads off to the bench.

  22. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa

    Kieran Richardson lets fly from distance. He has got a cannon of a left peg and Joe Hart had to watch it all the way into his gloves with Christian Benteke loitering for any follow-up.

  23. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa

    Fabian Delph is brought down by a trip from Jesus Navas. This is a decent spot for a delivery out on the left wing...

    ...Christian Benteke has strayed offside though.

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    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa

    Manuel Pellegrini's brow furrows a little more. There is a deep tread on that forehead now.

    His team look like they may be in a sticky situation against a Villa side who sniff a point. It is in situations like this that they could do with injured captain Vincent Kompany's leadership.

  25. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa

    At 2-1 down, Aston Villa look like a totally different side from the one who were 1-0 adrift.

    Joe Hart had to be quick off his line to shut down the angle on Charles N'Zogbia. The Aston Villa man balloons a shot well over from 30 yards shortly after.

    Tim Sherwood is frantically signalling on the sidelines, trying to stir up more energy in his side.

  26. GOAL

    Man City 2-1 Aston Villa - Tom Cleverley

    Tom Cleverley

    It seemed like game over. Maybe it is now game on.

    Joe Hart attempts to barge through a clutch of players to claim a cross and gets only a faint paw on it. The ball breaks to Tom Cleverley on the edge and a bouncing bomb of a shot worms its way past an out-of-position Hart.

    That is Cleverley's first Premier League goal since December 2013 - against Aston Villa for Manchester United.

  27. GOAL

    Man City 2-0 Aston Villa - Aleksandar Kolorov

    Brad Guzan

    Pinpoint. Nasa couldn't have plotted a better trajectory to take that ball into the net.

    Aleksandar Kolorov steps up and strokes a perfect curling free-kick into the bottom corner from 22 yards.

  28. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Ashley Westwood clipped David Silva late and Mike Dean clocks it. The referee let play run before pulling the Villa man over to receive his yellow card.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Jesus Navas comes motoring away from a bit of midfield mess with the ball as his feet.

    Aston Villa briefly look stretched with Sergio Aguero and James Milner making forward runs, but they get back in position quick enough to shut down the space.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Where's the shout?

    Martin Demichelis jumps to head behind for a Villa corner when Pablo Zabaleta was better positioned behind him.

    The Argentines are not made to reflect any further on that though as Villa fail to make anything of the set-piece.

  31. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    James Milner is stripped and ready to go on the sidelines. He will be Manchester City's second substitute.

    Frank Lampard makes way.

  32. PENALTY APPEAL

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Sergio Aguero is giving referee Mike Dean the labrador eyes, pleading for a penalty.

    The Argentine certainly had Jores Okore's hands on his shoulders as he attempted to break into the box and get on the end of Jesus Navas's pull-back.

    Was it enough to send him sprawling like he did though?

  33. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    City's David Silva picks up the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Fabian Delph.

  34. Text us on 81111

    Alan, Manchester: What is it with this City side? So much talent on display yet we only see glimpses of it. Aguero, Toure, erm....oh I'm struggling. That's why.

  35. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Top of the table

    As it stands, Manchester City are up to second by the way.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Manchester City have emerged with more purpose than they showed at the end of the first half.

    Sergio Aguero is off on a slaloming run which is only ended when a mob of Villa defenders gang together to block his way.

  37. KICK-OFF

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    We are back under way.

  38. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Yaya Toure

    A half-time change with Yaya Toure off and Fernandinho on for the hosts.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Adam Ben: @AVFCOfficial playing very well now! shame brad guzan gave man city that goal!

    Ashley Tezoo: Villa offering very little so far at the Etihad, but Jack Grealish's net worth has probably risen to around £50m by now #Hype

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Jesus Navas

    Jesus Navas has touched the ball more often than any other Manchester City player in the first half - 44 times.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Manchester v Villa stats

    This is the first time this season that the away side have had more possession than Manchester City in the first half of a Premier League game at the Etihad.

  42. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    After revelling in the glaring rick from Brad Guzan that gave away the opening goal, this has been a strangely deflating half for the home fans.

    Their team has all the talent to put this Aston Villa side away by quite a margin.

    Whether they have the drive and killer instinct to do so is a whole other matter.

  43. HALF-TIME

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

  44. INJURY TIME

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    One minute of injury time to be added on.

  45. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Jack Grealish and Jores Okore are both offside as Fabian Delph's cross comes in. Fortunate that for City as both had lost their markers.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Yaya Toure tries to Lomu-away from a couple of defenders - all pumping thighs and piston hand-off - but Fabian Delph is not shaken off.

    Toure looks like he strained a hamstring slightly there as well.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    City are sleepwalking through this.

    They have got themselves in trouble like this before this season after going ahead.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    The City fans are getting bored of this.

    They urge their side to return to the tempo and pressing that shook down Villa in the first quarter of the match.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Christian Benteke

    Neither Eliaquim Mangala or Martin Demichelis look like they want to spend the afternoon babysitting Villa's lone striker Christian Benteke.

    The two City defenders look accusingly at each other as the Belgian wins a header that flies just over the bar.

  50. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Kieran Richardson's first-time cross comes skidding into the Manchester City box and Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala have lost Tom Cleverley.

    The ball arrives at an awkward height though and the on-loan midfielder can only slash over the top from 12 yards.

    More encouragement for Villa.

  51. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Tim Sherwood spent the first 20 minutes, arms folded in the dug-out, working out who his first half-time teacup would be aimed at.

    But the Aston Villa boss is up and and at 'em now, stalking the sideline. His side are starting to play.

  52. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Cate: Big test for Sherwood now. The second half will be a good indicator of his managerial ability.

    Get involved on Twitter using #bbcfootball or post a comment on the MOTD Facebook page. You can also text in on 81111, but state your name and location.

  53. GREAT SAVE!

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    What a chance!

    The ball rebounds into Christian Benteke's path 10 yards out after a bit of pinball on the edge of the area. A hint of offside, but Mike Dean plays on.

    Plum centre, Benteke has all the goal to aim at, but Joe Hart comes flying out, spreads like a starfish and saves well.

  54. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's defending has been kamikaze so far.

    Leandro Bacuna almost plays a perfect throughball onto his goal for Sergio Aguero.

    I think he was aiming at Jores Okore, but it was just a general punt back towards his own goal.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Castle on Twitter: I love Guzan, and you never want to use a sub on your keeper, but it's absolutely necessary. His head is out of it.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Sergio Aguero scores

    If you look closely, you can actually see Brad Guzan's confidence crumbling to dust in this photo.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Brad Guzan is in a world of mental pain here.

    The Aston Villa goalkeeper comes haring off his line to try and claim a cross and gets nowhere near it. He didn't even bother to stretch his arms up because it was so far away from him.

    Fernando heads wide with the goal gaping.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Better from Villa as Kieran Richardson knocks a ball down the line for Jack Grealish, but the teenager cannot find Fabian Delph in the box.

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    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Sergio Aguero has scored four goals in his last three Premier League games after going five without scoring.

    He looks like a man who has rediscovered his mojo as well. He touches the ball round one side of Carles Sanchez, darts around the other and almost manages to collect.

    A minute later he drills low, hard, but straight at Brad Guzan from the edge of the box.

  60. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    The Manchester City fans are cheering Brad Guzan's every touch and singing in praise of their former goalkeeper and current Villa back-up Shay Given.

    And it all started so friendly as well with the two sets of fans joining in a song about Steven Gerrard before Sergio Aguero's opener.

  61. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are looking ragged. After that shocking opener, Jesus Navas gets the drop on Kieran Richardson down the right, scampering into space behind the defence.

    Richardson just about gets back to cut off the angle, but a Yaya Toure pot-shot flies just wide from the resulting corner.

    Ominous.

  62. GOAL

    Man City 1-0 Aston Villa - Sergio Aguero (3 mins)

    Sergio Aguero

    Brad Guzan, hang your head.

    The Aston Villa goalkeeper, under little pressure, contrives to shank his clearance kick straight across his own six-yard box and into the path of Sergio Aguero. Who can't believe his luck.

    It's a tap-in from three yards and an absolute gift.

  63. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

    It looks like Aston Villa have lined up with Jack Grealish lurking in the hole behind Christian Benteke.

    Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph are just behind Grealish in an attacking triangle.

  64. KICK-OFF

    Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

    Up and running.

  65. Post update

    As at every ground in the Premier and Football League this weekend, the two sets of players observe a minute's silence on the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire.

  66. Post update

    "In goal, England's number one Joe Hart."

    The City tannoy man reads out the home side as the two teams gets themselves line-up.

    The response to Yaya Toure's name was half-hearted cheers. The Ivory Coast midfielder's agent has been in the papers this week suggesting his client might like a new challenge next season.

  67. Post update

    Jack Grealish

    Big game for this lad.

    After out-running and out-thinking Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in last weekend's FA Cup semi-final, Jack Grealish will be itching to get a free-wheeling Yaya Toure and Fernando.

  68. Post update

    The Etihad Stadium crowd is currently entertaining itself by punching two giant inflatable balls around the stands.

    Weirdly watchable though it is, I think we could do with the teams out.

    Any minute now...

  69. Vote now

    Manuel Pellegrini

    For weeks now, Manuel Pellegrini has been saying his future isn't important, only Manchester City's.

    But with the end of the Premier League upon us - and City set to finish without a trophy - the focus will no doubt turn to Pellegrini's prospects of still being at the Etihad next season.

    So, we want you to have your say - will he still be Man City manager when 2015-16 gets under way?

    Vote on the right-hand side of this page, by using the vote tab on your mobile or tablet, or by voting on Facebook.

    The vote closes at 19:15 BST - here are the full terms and conditions.

  70. Post update

    Tim Sherwood

    MCFC on Twitter: @AVFCOfficial boss Tim Sherwood reacts to today's 3pm kick-offs as the results come in

    You say reacts to the results, we say looks for the remote control.

  71. Post update

    Bottom of the Premier League

    "Doing a Wigan."

    No team had won the FA Cup and been relegated in the same season before the Latics' bitter sweet 2012-13 campaign.

    Villa could yet pull off an unwanted repeat.

  72. Post update

    The Premier League table has a bit of different look from what was printed in this morning's papers.

    Let's start with a little look at the top end of things.

    Premier League table
  73. Post update

    Aston Villa warm up at the Etihad Stadium

    With Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham all drawing today, Manchester City can tighten their grip on a top-four spot with victory.

    With Sunderland, Hull and Leicester all picking up points, Aston Villa can't get too carried away with Cup fever just yet.

    Plenty to play for in this one.

  74. Man City v Aston Villa (17:30 BST)

    Manchester City name the same team that beat West Ham last weekend, but £25m striker Wilfried Bony is back on the bench after a month out with an ankle injury.

    Aston Villa make three changes from the side that beat Liverpool to reach the FA Cup final. Brad Guzan returns for Shay Given in goal, Jores Okore is in for Nathan Baker in defence and Carlos Sanchez replaces Charles N'Zogbia in midfield after serving his suspension.

    Man City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Lampard, Navas, Yaya Toure, Silva, Aguero

    Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Okore, Vlaar, Richardson, Sanchez, Westwood, Cleverley, Delph, Grealish, Benteke.